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Extensive information on the racecar engine om648

In this episode we visit the basement (secret tech laboratory) of Kokkolan Autohuolto. Jesse Haapala is interviewed and explains in detail what is going on and what is being done to the engine.

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ENGINE ADVENTURE | GARBAGE GARAGE 2-2018

Spoiler: the engine goes on an adventure! We are on fire, the engine has been removed and Jesse now has the ball on his side of the court. See the whole story on our second episode of season 2018. We will soon do a bigger write up on what is going on with the setup…

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FIRST THINGS FIRST – GARBAGE GARAGE 1/2018

Yes, we are trying to fire it up again! Here is the first episode of the 2018 garage adventures. It is now almost too late to start working for 2018, so we decided to start, however, Nikos BMW needed a tyre change and the racecar was still in the bus. The video speaks pretty much…

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Garbage tour was a success!!

Black Smoke Garbagegarage Tour

We organised a “small” tour in from our hometown and through a couple of villages, surprisingly not just home to a few Mercedeses! Starting in Kokkola 13:00 we gathered up at ABC, a local gas-station and waited until 13:45 for people to show up for the tour. Behold 11 cars had lined up at the…

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A little info on the 2015-2016 CDI project

A little info on the 2015-2016 racecar + Teemu answers some bonus questions! The idea behind the project/Tanken bak prosjektet: The idea is the same as is has been since we started, building a car that we can compete with. When and why did you buy this car/Når kjøpte du bilen? We got this car for free…

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Backwoods cruising and a working engine

Big thanks to Backwoods Customs for the hospitality and an amazing event! Backwoods cruising went straight to the top5 events we have ever been part of. The greatest news are that the car is now working as it should. Developing the cdi engine has been a long and hard road. The car has not worked…

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Breaking the first engine of the season

I was writing a final post about the last modifications to the new engine for this season but since we already broke it i decided to write this one first. So we already have been to two “driving” events this season, very early for us, Elmia in Jönköping Sweden and Seinäjoki in Finland. We had…

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Engine development

The piston

As we told you last time we have some improvements planned for next season to the CDI engine. Jesse will make a post with more technical details later but here’s a teaser about what we have planned. Jesse dissembling the om648 The first upgrade Jesse wanted to do was modifying the fuel line. He and…

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Checking the CDI engine after 4 races

So as we told you last time we brought the CDI engine to Kokkolan Autohuolto so Jesse could disassemble it and check what it looked like. Engines ready to be dissembled. After opening the engine nothing seems to have completely broken. The fourth piston shoved some signs of melting. The more worrying thing was that…

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Software developing

Test bench

Last blog post was about improved fuel system, this time I will take a minute to talk about software modifications. Our OM648 320cdi engine is controlled by Bosch EDC16 engine control unit (ECU). Pretty much everything is controlled electronically on this system. There too many features to list that ECU controls and observes, but here…

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OM648 First testing at kemora (video)

You’ve probably heard all about the testing day but we still like to show more. Enjoy the video, english subtitles on youtube. Read more about the 2015 setup and testing here

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Higher pressure and more fuel volume!

Original high pressure pump (HPP) will not be able to maintain selected pressure level if we increase the amount of fuel going it to the engine. That is why we needed to find bigger HPP. Mercedes 400cdi has one that fits our 320cdi pretty easily.  It is capable of producing bigger fuel volume at same…

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Kemora test-day

Found some leaks after the first spin.

We have already driven the car in the bench a couple of times to test the mechanical functions but the engine map is to far of the chart to get it right in the bench. Therefore we decided to go to the local race-track, Kemora, for a couple of setup-laps. The car with the current…

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Modifications to the OM648 engine

Because this is a new engine for us, we don’t know the weak spots of it yet. Those will come up later fo sure, but we decided to strengthen the block a bit with griddle plate and ARP bolts. Hard bolts from ARP was used to secure connection rods to crank shaft. Hopefully we can…

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